“Did you sleep well?” Van Gaal asked the assembled pressmen, “because I didn’t.”
Bayern have already played half an hour against Schalke and the scenario is one which is becoming ridiculously familiar to the FCB supporters: 0:0.
A scenario which does not surprise even the most hopeful and positive Bayern fan is a different line up every game. Once again, Louis Van Gaal has decided to experiment with his lineup.
Holger Badstubber usually plays in central defence. This time, however Van Gaal has decided to try on three central defenders, using one on the wing. He has put Martin Demichelis, Daniel Van Buyten and Holger Badstubber in the defence alongside Philipp Lahm.
The midfield consists of both Mark Van Bommel and Anatoliy Tymoschuk. Tymoschuk can play as a defensive midfielder as well as an attacking midfielder. Thomas Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger retain their positions in midfield.
The frontline has also begun to look familiar and rather tiring. Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni who have a combined age of more than 60 years form the attack for today.
For Schalke, things are looking pretty at the moment. They currently occupy fourth position which would get them into Europe and help them to, atleast partly get out of their financial troubles. They have started with a pretty familiar line up with Kevin Kuranyi upfront. If Kuranyi scores today, he will score his 100th Bundesliga goal.
I wonder whether Joachim Low is watching the game.
Schalke have started with a resulote defence consisting of the evergreen Marcelo Jose Bordon, Benedikt Howedes as well as Heiko Westermann.
A point to be noted is that Schalke have come back from deficits in their games against Bayer and Hamburg to earn draws. That means if Bayern go into the lead, they have to make sure that the lead is turned into an unassailable one.
My reason for saying this is because Bayern were 1-0 up at one point through a Daniel Van Buyten goal. The match is currently tied at 1-1 as Joel Matip equalized for Schalke. The man standing at the sidelines is none other than Felix Magath. Any surprises there?